Welcome, Sergio Moraes! More Elite BJJ Talent Migrates to San Diego, California


(Click photo to enlarge.) Sergio Moraes at the 2009 BJJ World Championship after defeating Alan “Finfou” Nascimento. Photo courtesy Jay from Grappling With Life for The FightWorks Podcast.

If you did not read about it already over on Tatame, a perennial winner at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships, will be moving from Sao Paulo, Brazil to sunny San Diego soon to begin teaching BJJ. The arrival of this Alliance Jiu-Jitsu black belt in San Diego deepens an already unfairly rich BJJ scene.

If you somehow don’t know who Moraes is, here are a few of his recent accolades:

  • Gold medalist at the 2008 BJJ World Championship
  • Silver medalist at the 2009 BJJ World Championship after a gentleman’s agreement with Marcelo Garcia.
  • Bronze medalist at the 2010 BJJ World Championship after allowing Marcelo Garcia to compete for the gold against Atos Jiu-Jitsu‘s Claudio Calasans losing in the semi-final to Calasans by ref’s decision after squeaking past Kron Gracie. Marcelo was on the other side of the bracket and beat Kayron Gracie to get to the finals. (Thanks for the correction, Kneeblock!)

Many are likely tired of hearing it, but San Diego already is home to what must be the highest concentration of BJJ World Championship medals outside Brazil. Royler Gracie, Saulo Ribeiro, Xande Ribeiro, Andre Galvao, and one of jiu-jitsu’s rare red and black belts, Fabio Santos (full disclosure: my instructor) all call San Diego home. Of course, with over 40 schools in the area, there are many more talented folks out there as well.

With so many BJJ academies in San Diego many wondered why Alliance Jiu-Jitsu, the most successful BJJ team in recent years, had not bothered to install a local “consulate” of its own in such a BJJ-crazy town. Now people can relax knowing that Alliance has a representative in America’s finest city, where he will be the main jiu-jitsu instructor at the MMA school of the Nogueira brothers, Minotoro and Minotauro. (Another Alliance northward migration of note was Tarsis Humphrey‘s settling in Miami, Florida this year).

Rest assured that we will attempt to meet Moraes here in San Diego sometime soon for an upcoming episode of The FightWorks Podcast.

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Sergio Moraes at the 2010 BJJ World Championship. Photo courtesy Cohost Dan.

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